• 3 Billion Birds Gone

    The biodiversity crisis has come to our backyards. In less than a single human lifetime, 2.9 billion breeding adult birds have been lost from the United States and Canada, across every ecosystem and including familiar birds: The Dark-eyed Junco has… Read More »

  • The Kiwikiu is a rare endangered hawaiian bird

    The Five Rarest Hawaiian Birds: Native Species on the Edge of Extinction

    Two-thirds of Hawaiian native avian diversity — 95 species — has disappeared since human settlement of the islands 1,600 or more years ago, earning the state its grim label as “the bird extinction capital of the world.” The danger to… Read More »

  • Forty Percent of River Otters in England and Wales May Be Infected with Parasitic Disease Toxoplasmosis

    (Washington, D.C., July 11, 2013) A study by 11 British scientists who examined 271 Eurasian otter cadavers across England found that 108 (almost 40 percent) of those animals tested positive for the parasitic disease toxoplasmosis, which is described in the… Read More »

  • I'iwi/Jack Jeffrey

    Protect Hawai‘i's Native Birds from Extinction

    Thanks to the generosity of ABC supporters, we have reached our campaign goal, but we are still accepting donations until September 30. 'A'ohe pu'u ki'eki'e ke ho'a'o 'ia e pi'i No hill is too high to be climbed In many… Read More »

  • The Nature of Threats to Birds

    Here’s a simple taxonomy of threats to birds. Those that are natural (normal predation, disease, weather events, etc.); those affecting reproduction (nesting habitat loss or degradation); and those affecting the survivorship of adults (everything else). How we think about these… Read More »

  • Cat Abandonment Bill Halted in Virginia

    The Virginia House of Delegates voted on February 5, 2020, to postpone further consideration of HB 1727 for the rest of the year. This bill, which would sanction cat abandonment throughout Virginia through the program known as trap, neuter, release… Read More »

  • Mourning Dove

    The handsome Mourning Dove is a familiar sight to most people — beige-brown above and pinkish-brown below, with black spots on its wings and an iridescent pink-and-blue flash on its neck. A ring of vivid blue skin encircles its large,… Read More »

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

    The Red-bellied Woodpecker belongs to the boldly marked Melanerpes genus, a group of woodpeckers found only in the New World that includes Acorn and Lewis's Woodpeckers. The genus name derives from the Greek words for "black" and "creeper." Oddly enough,… Read More »

  • Tufted Titmouse

    The active and agile Tufted Titmouse is easily recognized by its jaunty crest of gray feathers, big black eyes, and rust-colored flanks. This familiar bird feeder visitor often joins mixed foraging flocks with other common backyard birds such as the… Read More »

  • Blue Grosbeak. Photo by Mike Parr.

    Blue Grosbeak

    Although the male Blue Grosbeak is colorful, this chunky, finch-like bird of brushy habitats is often first detected by voice. Once seen, a male Blue Grosbeak is distinctive, with deep-blue plumage set off by two rust-colored wingbars. Like the Black-throated… Read More »

  • Feral cats by John Honeywell

    Two New Studies Document Link Between Serious Mental Disorders and Parasites Associated with Cats

    (Washington, DC, June 3, 2015) Two new peer-reviewed studies have just been published evaluating the link between serious mental disorders and a common cat-carried parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, which can infect any warm-blooded species (i.e., birds, mammals) but relies on felids… Read More »

  • Hooded Warbler

    The handsome Hooded Warbler, like the Prothonotary Warbler, has a name with roots in ecclesiastical lore. The male Hooded Warbler's black hood and throat make it look as if the bird is wearing a mitre — the cowl-like hat worn… Read More »

  • Pileated Woodpecker

    With flashing black-and-white wings and a bright red crest, when a crow-sized Pileated Woodpecker swoops by, even the most experienced birders stop in their tracks. This is the largest of North American woodpeckers. In the United States, only the Ivory-billed… Read More »

  • Wood Thrush

    Wood Thrush

    The robust, long-legged Wood Thrush is closely related to the American Robin and thrushes of the genus Catharus, such as the Bicknell's Thrush and Swainson's Thrush. Its scientific name, Hylocichla mustelina, translates roughly as "weasel-colored woodland thrush," a reference to… Read More »

  • White-breasted Nuthatch

    The confiding, acrobatic White-breasted Nuthatch delights many a backyard birder with its head-down antics and nasal calls. Sometimes described as the "upside-down bird" or " wall walker," this agile little songbird is often seen in the company of other familiar… Read More »

  • A rose-breasted grosbeak sitting on a branch

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is strikingly beautiful. But it has a gruesome folk name: “cut-throat,” owing to the red swatch across its breast. The name “grosbeak” comes from the French term grosbec, meaning “large beak”— an obvious attribute of this… Read More »

  • Carolina Wren

    "Like others of its tribe, the Carolina Wren is the embodiment of tireless energy and activity," wrote ornithologist Arthur Cleveland Bent, "seldom still for a moment, as he dodges in and out of the underbrush or creeps over and around… Read More »

  • Bird News Roundup: Week of 12/16/18

    With so much news and the busy holiday season, it can be difficult to keep up with bird conservation stories. Here’s a roundup of some of the top articles that recently piqued our interest and relate to work ABC is… Read More »

  • A Red-breasted nuthatch sitting on a branch

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Once known as the Canada Nuthatch or Red-bellied Nuthatch, the active, compact Red-breasted Nuthatch is a common resident of northern and western coniferous and mixed forests in the United States and Canada. Usually well-hidden within the thick forest it favors,… Read More »

  • Bird-friendly Garden Tips for Fall

    The tanagers, orioles, and hummingbirds of summer are gone, but despite what chilly weather portends, this is a great time to intensify efforts to help birds in your garden. What you do today to provide food, shelter, and nesting opportunities… Read More »